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Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Important Industrial Action Update

Since our industrial action ballot result, we have met with your employer on a number of occasions to try and resolve our dispute over your 2018 pay offer.

Yesterday (Monday 18 March), GMB officials and reps met with Bakkavor management once again to seek an improvement on the 2018 offer which you previously rejected.

Unfortunately, your employer still refuses to listen to you and did not table any improved offer. As a result we have now formally served Bakkavor will notice of industrial action.

This will consist of the following:

Action Short of Strike

  • An overtime ban will start from 00.01 hours on Monday 8 April until 23.59 hours on Tuesday 7 May.

Strike Action

  • 23.59 hours Monday 8 April to 23.59 Tuesday 9 April
  • 23.59 hours Tuesday 16 April to 23.59 hours Wednesday 17 April
  • 23.59 hours Wednesday 24 April to 23.59 hours Thursday 25 April.
  • 23.59 hours Monday 6 May to 23.59 hours Tuesday 7 May.

All-members meetings have been arranged for 11.00 hours and 16.00 hours on Thursday 28 March at Bo’ness Town Hall (Postcode: EH51 9NJ).  Please make every effort to attend one of the time slots. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie - 07775 571564

Now is the time to stand together. Let’s reject years of poverty pay and fight for decent pay in Bakkavor.

Christina Lambie   
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor - Industrial Ballot Outcome: The Next Steps

Firstly thank you for taking the time to vote in our ballot. Defence of your interest is at the heart of everything we do.

 Your GMB Scotland reps and I met with the company on Friday 22 February to discuss our ballot outcome and the next steps.

The company reiterated that there was nothing they could offer for 2018 so we advised that we would therefore plan for industrial action.

Your GMB Scotland reps and I had a further meeting on Wednesday 27 February where we discussed what industrial action would have best effect. It was clear during this discussion that April would be best as that is when main product launch happens.

Your GMB Scotland reps felt that a combination of overtime ban and strike action over a seven day period would work best.  For example three days of overtime ban then a day of action followed by a further three days of overtime ban.

If you have any questions at all you can contact GMB on the following points of contact:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564
  • GMB Scotland Campaigns – gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
  • Or find us on Facebook at ‘GMB Scotland’

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: You Voted Yes Yes!  

Significant support for strike action in Bakkavor against poverty pay

GMB’s industrial action against poverty pay in Bakkavor closed today (Monday 18 February).

We can now confirm the following results based on the questions asked:

Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of strike action?

YES     88.8%              NO      11.2%

Are you prepared to take action short of strike?

YES     92.2%              NO      7.8%   

Overall turnout was 54.4% which now gives us a clear and legal mandate for both strike action and action short of strike.

To win a clear, strong and legally binding mandate for action against your employer’s poverty pay offer is a magnificent result for our campaign in Bakkavor.

GMB will now notify your employer of the ballot result, urging them to get back round the negotiating table with improved proposals.

We will update you on developments as they happen but if you have any questions in the meantime, you can reach us on the points below:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564
  • GMB Scotland Campaigns – gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
  • Or find us on Facebook at GMB Scotland

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Vote Yes Yes to Reject Poverty Pay!

There is not long left to vote in our industrial action ballot and to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor!

Thank you to all our members who have voted so far.

If you haven’t yet voted then what are you waiting for?  If you want to have your say on pay you will need to return your papers ‘Freepost’ to the ERS before this weekend.

Our ballot closes on Monday 18 February.

Vote yes yes to send the strongest message possible to your employer and to get them back to negotiations.

If you haven’t yet received your ballot paper or if you have any questions concerning the ballot, please call us or send a text message as soon as possible to:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564

Reject poverty pay. Vote yes, yes!

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Vote Yes Yes to Reject Poverty Pay!

There are just a few days left to vote in our industrial action ballot.

GMB is clear: The only way to bring your employer back to the negotiating table with an improved offer is to return the strongest possible support for industrial action. 

To achieve this you need to vote yes, yes and return your ballot paper 'Freepost' to the ERS.

If you haven’t yet received your ballot paper or if you have any question concerning the ballot, please call us or send a text message to:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564

Let’s send a clear message back to the employer that you reject poverty pay. Vote yes, yes!

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: Industrial Action Ballot – 1 week to go! Vote Yes Yes

There is just one week left in our industrial action ballot as we campaign to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor.

The only way to bring your employer back to the negotiating table with an improved offer is to return the strongest possible support for industrial action. 

To achieve this you need to vote yes, yes.

The alternative for us is really straightforward: Your employer will continue its poverty pay policies for the foreseeable.

That’s not the future any of us want in Bakkavor.

If you haven’t yet received your ballot paper, please contact us immediately at the following points:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564
  • GMB Scotland Campaigns – gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
  • Or find us on Facebook at ‘GMB Scotland’

Let’s send a clear message back to the employer that you reject poverty pay. Vote yes, yes!

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. Remember! Our ballot closes on Monday 18 February. Vote yes yes to reject poverty pay and bring the employer back to the negotiating table.

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor:  Industrial Action Ballot – Have you voted yet?

This week our industrial action ballot started and your GMB reps have been very visible around Bo’ness as we ask you to reject poverty pay.

Remember! It is very important that when you receive your ballot papers to your home that you cast your vote and return it to the ERS in the freepost envelope provided. 

If you haven’t done so already, don’t delay – vote yes, yes today!  Watch and listen to your colleague here making the case against Bakkavor’s poverty pay imposition.

If you haven’t yet received your ballot paper, please contact us immediately at the following points:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564
  • GMB Scotland Campaigns – gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
  • Or find us on Facebook at ‘GMB Scotland’

Let’s send a clear message back to the employer that you reject poverty pay. Vote yes, yes!

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: M&S Site Visit Tomorrow!

GMB has been made aware that M&S will be visiting the site tomorrow (Thursday 31 January) between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm.

GMB will be holding a demo between 9.00 am - 10.00 am and 12 noon - 1pm as a show of support for you as we continue our campaign against poverty pay!

Remember, our industrial action ballot is now live!

GMB is asking you to vote yes to vote yes, yes. Your ballot papers have been sent to you home and you must return your completed ballot paper to the ERS in the freepost envelope provided as soon as possible.

If you have any questions at all you can contact GMB on the following points of contact:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564
  • GMB Scotland Campaigns – gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
  • Or find us on Facebook at ‘GMB Scotland’

Let’s send a clear message back to the employer that you reject poverty pay. Vote yes, yes!

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: Industrial action ballot is underway - Vote Yes x 2!

Our campaign to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor gets underway today (Monday 28 January) – the industrial action ballot is now live.

Your GMB officials and reps were outside your factory gates this morning at 5AM with a message for our members: Vote yes, yes!

If we want to send a clear message back to the employer then we need the strongest possible mandate for strike action from you.  All GMB members must play their part.

If we succeed then we can take on Bakkavor and negotiate a proper pay offer that meets your expectations. 

Members have been asking us: “What does my ballot paper look like?” That’s why we’ve provided examples of what to look out for in the post. You can see a mock-up of the ballot envelope here and the ballot paper here (please do not print or return these samples).

Remember! Your ballot papers will be sent to your home address. They will be posted to you by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS). On your ballot paper you will be asked:

  • Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of strike action?
  • Are you prepared to take action short of strike?

GMB is asking you to vote yes to both questions by placing a cross (‘X’) in the boxes marked ‘YES’. You must return your completed ballot paper to the ERS in the freepost envelope provided as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about your ballot or need some help understanding the process, don’t worry! You can contact GMB on the following points of contact:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564
  • GMB Scotland Campaigns – gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
  • Or find us on Facebook at ‘GMB Scotland’

Let’s send a clear message back to the employer that you reject poverty pay. Vote yes, yes!

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: Industrial Action Ballot Starts Monday – Vote Yes x 2!

Our industrial action ballot gets underway this Monday. It is a crucial moment in our campaign against poverty pay in Bakkavor.

If we want to send a clear message back to the employer then we need the strongest possible mandate for strike action from you.  All GMB members must play their part.

If we succeed then we can take on Bakkavor and negotiate a proper pay offer that meets your expectations.  That’s what we all want so let’s fight for it. Vote yes yes!

Your ballot papers will be sent to your home address from Monday 28 January. They will be posted to you by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS). Please make sure to check your mail and don’t throw it out by accident!

On your ballot paper you will be asked:

  • Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of strike action?
  • Are you prepared to take action short of strike?

GMB is asking you to vote yes to both questions by placing a cross (‘X’) in the boxes marked ‘YES’. Please return your completed ballot paper to the ERS in the freepost envelope provided as soon as possible. The ballot closes on Friday 18 February.

If you do not receive your ballot by Thursday 31 January, please contact us immediately at the points below.

If you have any questions about your ballot or need some help understanding the process, don’t worry! You can contact GMB on the following points of contact:

  • GMB Workplace Reps - 07920 388108
  • GMB Organiser Christina Lambie – 07775 571564
  • GMB Scotland Campaigns – gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
  • Or find us on Facebook at ‘GMB Scotland’

Let’s send a clear message back to the employer that you reject poverty pay. Vote yes, yes!

Christina Lambie

GMB Scotland Organiser

Download your workplace industrial ballot flyer number 1, translated in to Polish and Lithuanian by using this link.

Download your workplace industrial ballot flyer number 2, translated in to Polish and Lithuanian by using this link.

Download your workplace industrial ballot poster by clicking on the image below.

Dear GMB Member 

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: Industrial Action Ballot - Vote Yes, Yes! 

Our priority is the defence of your interests. 

That's why GMB Scotland has served notice on Bakkavor that we will hold a ballot for industrial action. 

It is crucial that you send a clear message to the company that the 2.75% offer they have imposed amounts to poverty pay and falls short of what you asked. 

The ballot will run from Monday 28 January until Monday 18 February.  

GMB will be asking you to vote yes to both questions: 

1) Are you prepared to take part in industrial action consisting of strike action?

2) Are you prepared to take action short of strike?

Let’s send a clear message back to the employer that you reject poverty pay - vote yes, yes. 

We will communicate more details shortly to explain how the ballot works and what you need to do to cast your vote. 

Please make sure all your contact details are up to date. You can do this by contacting your workplace reps on 07920 388108  or email:gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

Christina Lambie 
GMB Scotland Organiser 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Important Pay Offer Update!

Caledonian produce have informed GMB today (Monday 7 January) that they plan on imposing the latest pay offer that you have overwhelmingly rejected.

GMB members have told your employer this offer isn't good enough - and that you are ready to fight for more.

The pay claim you asked for was £1 increase for every hour you work - this would amount to a £2,080 increase for everyone over the year.

What your employer is imposing amounts to an £124.80 increase above the National Living Wage for SO4 employees. Let's be clear, you are worth more than that.

That’s why GMB will now move to a fresh industrial action ballot of our members in Bakkavor Bo’ness. A full schedule will be announced very shortly.

In advance of this ballot it is important that your union has your correct contact details, particularly your mobile phone contacts. There are three ways you can check your details:

  1. Contact your local workplace representatives on 07920388108
  2. Go online at www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb
  3. Call our Falkirk Office on 01324 670676, quoting ‘Bakkavor membership’

Please share this communication with all your colleagues so everyone is fully aware of the employer’s pay imposition and your union’s imminent industrial action ballot.

Let’s stand together and campaign for a fair pay offer in Bakkavor.

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: 2018 Pay Offer - Workplace Consultative Ballot Reminder!

Our consultative ballot over your pay offer for 2018 is currently live and runs until Monday 3 December across all shifts.

If you haven’t done so already, please make sure you have your say on pay!

You will be asked to either accept or reject the following offer:  A 2.75 per cent increase across Grades SO1, SO2, SO3 and SO4 and is backdated to April 1, 2018. 

 Please bear in mind these figures do not include your pay after tax and national insurance deductions and are based on an average 40 hour working week.

We must also be clear that there is no confirmed date as to when the back-pay entitlement would be paid by your employer – the back money figure above is purely an indication.

GMB recognises this offer as the best achievable through negotiation but that a rejection of the employer’s final offer will trigger a further industrial action ballot.

If you have any questions, please call your local GMB workplace representatives on 07920 388108 or email gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: 2018 Pay Offer - Workplace Consultative Ballot

Following ACAS talks with your employer on Monday 19 November, I can confirm that GMB members will be subject to a consultative ballot in the workplace over your 2018 pay offer.

The offer proposes a 2.75 per cent increase across Grades SO1, SO2, SO3 and SO4 and is backdated to April 1, 2018.  This would mean the following:

Please bear in mind these figures do not include your pay after tax and national insurance deductions and are based on an average 40 hour working week.

We must also be clear that there is no confirmed date as to when the back-pay entitlement would be paid by your employer – the back money figure above is purely an indication.

The ballot will run from Sunday 25 November until Monday 3 December across all shifts. You will be asked to either accept or reject the above offer.

GMB recognises this offer as the best achievable through negotiation but that a rejection of the employer’s final offer will trigger a further industrial action ballot.  

Exact times and venues for the workplace ballot will be available from your reps and on noticeboards very shortly.

In the meantime, if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact your local GMB workplace reps or email us at gmbscotcampaigns@gmbscotland.org.uk

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Important amendments to previous communication!

In yesterday’s (Thursday 8 November) communication updating you on the developments at ACAS with your employer, your workplace reps have notified us that there should be two points of amendment in the email / SMS.

These are as follows:

“The removal of all weekend allowances, unsociable hours pay and bonuses.”

We should clarify that this should also include the employer’s proposed removal of the company bus for staff.

“Initial estimations made by your reps suggest that the raft of cuts to your terms and conditions versus the hourly rate would see the pay of the lowest grades rise by just £16 a week.”

We should also clarify that after further analysis of the employer’s pay proposal for 1 April 2019, the pay of the lowest grades would actually rise by a meagre 60 pence a week.
These updates obviously compound the totally unacceptable nature of the proposals put forward by the employer at ACAS. And while this offers no comfort to members, it is important that we are clear on the full extent of the proposals put forward by Bakkavor at ACAS this week.
In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108.

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – ACAS Talks Update

The priority of GMB is the defence of your interests. That’s why your representatives returned again to ACAS with your employer on Tuesday to discuss your pay offer.

We can confirm that Bakkavor want to explore a two year deal but we have to be clear that the detail of this discussion was concerning. 

Your employer has said it will bring forward an increased percentage offer or the current 2.5 per cent offer plus a lump sum for 2018 at the next ACAS meeting on Monday 19 November.

The employer also proposed an increase to the basic hourly rate of £9.40 from 1 April 2019 onwards, but tied to a significant cut to terms and conditions:

  • The removal of paid breaks;
  • A cut in overtime rates from double time and time-and-a-half to 1.25 per cent;
  • The reduction of bank holiday entitlement from 5 days to 2 days;
  • A cut in sick pay from 13 weeks to 6 weeks; and
  • The removal of all weekend allowances, unsociable hours pay and bonuses.

Initial estimations made by your reps suggest that the raft of cuts to your terms and conditions versus the hourly rate would see the pay of the lowest grades rise by just £16 a week.

This is unacceptable to GMB Scotland. To try and induce our members with the lure of a higher basic hourly rate next year while attacking hard fought terms and conditions is not on.

What the employer proposed on Tuesday is the equivalent of putting a pay increase into your hands while cutting you off at the knees. This is not something we can credibly bring back for your consideration and we have told the employer this.

We await their response at the next ACAS meeting.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108.

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Pay offer talks at ACAS tomorrow!

The priority of GMB is the defence of your interests. That’s why for months now, we have been campaigning to secure our members a decent pay rise through consultative ballots, industrial action ballots, ACAS talks and further consultations.

ACAS talks in September saw the employer raise their initial offer of a 2.25 per cent increase to a 2.5 per cent increases but this only raised the hourly rate for them lowest paid from 2p to 4p and it was rightly rejected by over three-quarters of members.

Tomorrow (Tuesday 6 November), we’ll return to ACAS for further talks with your employer over your 2018 pay offer. We’ll do so against a backdrop of a national debate on low pay after the Living Wage Foundation announced that on April 1 2019, the Living Wage rate will increase from £8.75 an hour to £9.00 an hour.

The reality for the majority of employees in the hourly graded staff is that even with a 2.5 per cent increase your hourly rate of pay will come nowhere near to matching the new living wage rate. Bakkavor hourly paid staff will remain mired in the low-pay trap. Those on the lowest grade will receive just £7.87 an hour based on the current pay offer. 

It’s not good enough and your employer must do more. That’s the message we’ll take to ACAS tomorrow on your behalf.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108.

Christina Lambie
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member  

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Important Update! ACAS Talks

Today (Thursday 13 September), GMB officials and workplace reps are engaging in talks with your employer at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) regarding the 2018 pay offer.

While we are very disappointed our industrial action ballot could not surpass the 50% turnout threshold imposed by the law, a 98 per cent rejection of a pay offer cannot be easily dismissed by any employer.

As such, we do expect your employer to recognise the scale of rejection towards their poverty pay offer and table improved terms.  

GMB is a member led trade union and please be assured that any amended offer will be subject to the full consultation of our members.

Our priority is the defence of your interests and we keep moving forward together in our campaign for decent pay and conditions.

We will update you on the full outcomes of the ACAS talks as soon as possible.

David Hume

GMB Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Industrial Action Ballot Result

Following the close and count of our industrial action ballot in Bakkavor yesterday (Monday 3 September), I can now inform you of the following result:

Are you prepared to take part in strike action? Yes: 91.4% / No: 8.6%

Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of strike? Yes: 95.1% / No 4.9%

Turnout: 45.4% of those entitled to vote.

It is bitterly disappointing that the employer’s anti-trade union agenda has limited our ballot return to below the statutory turnout threshold of 50 per cent.

However, such an overwhelming rejection of the offer from those that voted means this is not the end of our campaign for fair pay, it is only the beginning.

We will now move to talks at ACAS on Thursday 13 September where we will increase the pressure on your employer once again.

Bakkavor will understand that it must increase its offer because the only alternative left is an unjustifiable imposition of poverty pay on hourly paid staff in Grades SO3 and SO4.

Thank you to the members that did cast their vote and contributed to the clearest rejection that has been seen at Caledonian Produce.  You have given everyone a solid platform from which to campaign in the future.

It may not seem like it right now but we are in a much stronger position today than we were at the beginning of the ballot.  Your employer threw everything at us but they only scraped through by the skin of their teeth.

We still have some distance to travel but the road ahead is much clearer. Let’s keep together and keep fighting to grow and win.

If you have any questions about the ballot result and our next steps, please do not hesitate to contact your GMB workplace reps on 07920 388108 or contact me directly on 07931 796733 / david.hume@gmb.org.uk

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Industrial Action Ballot – FINAL REMINDER!

A non-vote is as good as an acceptance of poverty pay in Bakkavor!

We are urging all members to Vote Yes x 2 in our ballot, which closes on Monday 3 September.

A pay offer that fails to meet the cost of living for everyone while delivering an increase of just 2 pence more than the National Minimum Wage for the majority of staff isn’t just unacceptable, it’s shameful.

This ballot is not conducted in the workplace. Ballot papers have been posted to your home address. You must return your completed ballot ‘freepost’ in the envelope provided.

Your vote counts and only by returning your ballot paper and voting Yes x 2 - YES for strike action and YES for action short of strike – can we fight for better pay.

If you have any questions at all, please contact your GMB workplace reps immediately on 07920 388108.

Do you want work that pays or poverty pay? The choice is obvious. Reject your employer’s offer. Vote Yes x 2.

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

 

Dear GMB Member

A non-vote is as good as an acceptance of poverty pay in Bakkavor.

We are urging all members to Vote Yes x 2 in our ballot, which closes on Monday 3 September. So if you haven’t done so already, then don’t delay – Vote Yes x 2 today.

A pay offer that fails to meet the cost of living for everyone while delivering an increase of just 2 pence more than the National Minimum Wage for the majority of staff isn’t just unacceptable, it’s shameful.

This ballot is not conducted in the workplace. Ballot papers have been posted to your home address and you must return your completed ballot ‘freepost’ in the envelope provided.

Your vote counts and only by returning your ballot paper and voting Yes x 2 - YES for strike action and YES for action short of strike – can we fight for better pay.

If you haven’t yet received your ballot papers or if you have any questions at all, please contact your GMB workplace reps immediately on 07920 388108.

Do you want work that pays or poverty pay? The choice is obvious. Reject your employer’s offer. Vote Yes x 2.

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. GMB’s ballot closes this Monday 3 September – don’t delay, Vote Yes x 2 today.

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Industrial Action Ballot Reminder!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of our members’ interests.

Our industrial action ballot is live and runs until Monday 3 September. We are campaigning for better pay, conditions and job security for you – that’s why we are urging you to Vote YES x 2 and to comprehensively reject your employer’s poverty pay offer.
Remember! This is a statutory industrial action ballot. Your ballot papers are sent to your home address and you must return your papers to the freepost address included in the pack before Monday 3 September. This is not a workplace ballot.

Don’t delay, vote today! Vote YES x 2!

A pay offer that fails to meet the cost of living for everyone while delivering an increase of just 2 pence more than the National Minimum Wage for the majority of staff isn’t just unacceptable, it’s shameful.

Your employer is already starting to wake-up to this. I can update you that your employer has invited GMB reps to talks at ACAS (details to be confirmed) – an invite which we will take up as a responsible trade union.

But we need to keep the pressure on if we want to stop the prospect of long-term poverty pay and that means returning the strongest possible rejection of the employer’s offer in our ballot. 

Do you want work that pays or poverty pay? The choice is obvious. Let’s campaign together, stay strong and Vote Yes x 2! 

If you have any questions or haven’t yet received your ballot papers to your home, please contact your GMB rep immediately on 07920388108. Colleagues without email or SMS can also find this number on the notice boards at both sites.
Alternatively, please email us at gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. Remember! Only by voting YES x 2 can we reject poverty pay in Bakkavor. Don’t delay, vote today! 

Dear GMB Scotland Member,

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Reject poverty pay! Vote Yes x 2 today!

Let me be clear, industrial action is not an easy choice; there are many uncertainties and fears in a situation like this. However there is one certainty: If we fail to return a strong vote in favour of strike action then we are opening the doors to long-term poverty pay in Bakkavor. 

The priority of GMB is the defence of your interests.  That means campaigning for better pay, conditions and job security for you - that’s why we are campaigning for YES x 2 in our ballot!

Bakkavor is a market leader in its field because of the work you put in. You deserve the proper recognition and reward for that work, not poverty pay for long hours.

But your employer is refusing to do the right thing. Instead of working with us to resolve this dispute, they have resorted to dirty tricks to try and break our ballot. Over the last week, your employer has:

  • Held ‘company updates’ to coerce members to ignore or reject our ballot;
  • Written to hourly paid staff to urge members to ignore or reject our ballot;
  • Removed GMB Scotland campaigning materials from noticeboards; and
  • Thrown GMB Scotland officials from the site to prevent member engagement.

Make no mistake, Bakkavor is in full damage limitation mode and are trying to impose poverty pay. So much so that their letter to hourly paid staff admits the only way you will receive a decent pay rise is by trading away your hard-fought terms and conditions.  Your employer claims:

We want to increase the hourly rate of pay along with looking at the complete employee proposition

This is entirely transparent. The next thing on the agenda will be your overtime rates, your sick pay and whatever else can help reduce Bakkavor’s obligations to its workforce while maintaining its global profits of £1.8 billion, giving with one hand and taking with the other. It’s not on!

A pay offer that fails to meet the cost of living for everyone while delivering an increase of just 2 pence more than the National Minimum Wage for the majority of staff isn’t just unacceptable, it’s shameful. 

No credible union would accept this, which is why we are urging you to vote YES x 2! By doing so, you will send a loud and clear message to your employer that you want a negotiated offer that recognises and rewards the work you do instead of poverty pay.

Do you want work that pays or poverty pay? The choice is obvious. Don’t be taken by your employer’s fear-mongering.  Let’s campaign together, stay strong and Vote Yes x 2!  

If you have any questions or queries at all, please do not hesitate to contact me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. Remember! Only by voting YES x 2 can we reject poverty pay in Bakkavor!

 

Dear GMB member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Industrial Action Ballot Mon 13 Aug – Mon 3 Sep

Vote Yes x 2 and let’s campaign for decent pay in Bakkavor!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

For months we have attempted negotiations with Bakkavor to secure a pay offer that helps our members tackle the cost of living. That’s why we submitted a £1 an hour increase for all hourly paid staff in our claim.

It is deeply regrettable that your employer is refusing to move beyond a derisory below inflation 2.25 per cent increase for hourly paid staff. This is a below inflation offer, which in itself is unacceptable. But the devil is in the detail:

• For staff on Grade SO3 it means an increase worth 64 pence an hour less than the Scottish Living Wage rate of £8.75; and

• For staff on Grade SO4, it means an increase of just 2 pence (0.25%) an hour more than the UK National Minimum Wage for 25 year olds and over of £7.83.

This is poverty pay for many staff in Bakkavor and it’s shameful.

That’s why we are now moving to a full industrial action ballot of our members.


You will be asked:


• Are you prepared to take part in strike action?


• Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike
?

GMB is strongly urging you to VOTE YES x 2 and send a clear message to Bakkavor that you reject poverty pay.

Remember, only GMB members can participate in this ballot and only GMB members will be afforded legal protection during any strike or industrial action. If you know a colleague that is not a member of GMB, they can join today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

Please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates. You can do this at www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

Vote Yes x 2 and let’s campaign for decent pay in Bakkavor!

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Notice of Industrial Action Ballot

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests. That’s why we have been campaigning against the poverty pay offer made by your employer for 2018.

No credible trade union could possibly accept a pitiful 2 pence an hour increase for their lowest paid members, never mind a below inflation offer for every member of the hourly paid staff.

But the fact is that your employer is refusing to listen to your calls for a decent wage by raising their 2.25 per cent offer, despite being resoundingly rejected by 98 per cent of GMB members.  That’s why we will now move to a full industrial action ballot.

Today (Monday 6 August), we served your employer with the statutory notice period required in advance of an industrial action ballot. This comes on the same day that Bakkavor management removed our GMB campaigning literature from the site notice board – a shameful act.

Updates will follow later this week of the full schedule but you will be asked two questions as we campaign against poverty pay in Bakkavor:

·    Are you prepared to take part in strike action?

·    Are you prepared to take part in industrial action short of a strike?

GMB will urge you to vote YES and YES!

Ahead of the ballot, please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates. You can do this at www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb
Only GMB members can take part in our ballot. If any non-union staff wish to join GMB then they can do so today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

Vote Yes x 2 and let’s campaign for decent pay in Bakkavor!

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – 2018 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot Update

The count is in and the message is clear.

GMB members in Bakkavor Bo’ness have spoken and overwhelmingly rejected the insulting offer from management by 98%!

For months we have been attempting meaningful negotiations with Bakkavor to secure a pay offer that helps our members tackle the cost of living. That’s why we submitted a £1 an hour increase for all hourly paid staff in our claim.

It is deeply regrettable that your employer is refusing to move beyond a derisory below inflation 2.25 per cent increase for hourly paid staff, which when all things considered meant an increase of only 2p p/h for Grade SO4.

This is below inflation and beyond the pale. It means our hardworking members have to maintain the same high standards of work while having less money in real terms in their pay packet.

This is poverty pay for many staff in Bakkavor and why so many of you voted to reject the pay offer!

Please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

I will be in touch soon with details of our next steps but please keep in mind that I am guided by you, the GMB members, and nothing will happen without you making the decision.

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: Workplace Ballot Wed 18 to Sat 21 July – Vote Reject!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

For months we have attempted negotiations with Bakkavor to secure a pay offer that helps our members tackle the cost of living. That’s why we submitted a £1 an hour increase for all hourly paid staff in our claim.

It is deeply regrettable that your employer is refusing to move beyond a derisory below inflation 2.25 per cent increase for hourly paid staff.  This is a below inflation offer, which in itself is unacceptable. But the devil is in the detail:

  • For staff on Grade SO3 it means an increase worth 64 pence an hour less the Scottish Living Wage rate of £8.75; and
  • For staff on Grade SO4, it means an increase of just 2 pence (0.25%) an hour

more than the UK National Minimum Wage for 25 year olds and over of £7.83.

This is poverty pay for many staff in Bakkavor.

When your employer offers the majority of our members a pay rise that amounts to a pitiful 2 pence an hour (or an increase of just 0.25 %), then we can only strongly urge our members to REJECT this.

That’s why we are launching a workplace consultative ballot of our membership in Bo’ness. This will take place from Wednesday 18 July until Saturday 21 July. Workplace meetings will also take place on Thursday 19 July.

You will be asked: Do you accept or reject Bakkavor’s pay offer, which will only deliver a 2 pence or 0.25% increase for the lowest paid staff in Bo’ness?

GMB strongly urges you to reject poverty pay in the consultative ballot, by marking a cross (‘x’) in the box marked REJECT.

Only by being a member of GMB can you vote in this ballot, so if you want to join our campaign to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor then you can join today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

Please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: VOTE ‘REJECT’! Workplace Consultative Ballot Tue 10th to Sat 14th July

Due to the hot weather, the orders from Marks and Spencer’s have increased next week so we have agreed to the company’s request to delay our consultative ballot for one week.  

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests. We campaign to negotiate more pay, equality and security in your workplace.

So when your employer offers the majority of our members a pay rise that amounts to a pitiful 2 pence an hour, then a vote to ‘REJECT’ it is the only credible option.

That’s why we are launching a consultative ballot of our membership in Bo’ness over your employer’s pay offer for 2018.

This will take place in your workplace, across all shifts, starting at 10AM on Tuesday 10 July and ending at 6PM on Saturday 14 July.

You will be asked: Do you accept or reject Bakkavor’s 2.25 per cent increase for 2018?

GMB strongly urges you to reject poverty pay in the consultative ballot, by marking a cross (‘x’) in the box marked REJECT.

Only by being a member of GMB can you vote in this ballot, so if you want to join our campaign to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor then you can join today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

Please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

David Hume

GMB Scotland Organiser 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member 

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – 2018 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot – Reject Poverty Pay!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

For months we have been attempting meaningful negotiations with Bakkavor to secure a pay offer that helps our members tackle the cost of the living. That’s why we submitted a £1 an hour increase for all hourly paid staff in our claim.
It is deeply regrettable that your employer is refusing to move beyond a derisory below inflation 2.25 per cent increase for hourly-paid staff. This is a below inflation offer for all hourly-paid staff, forcing everyone to work just as hard but for less money in real terms.

Let’s put this into context…

For staff on Grade SO3 it means an increase worth 64 pence an hour less the Scottish Living Wage rate of £8.75.

For staff on Grade SO4, it means an increase of just 2 pence an hour more than the UK National Minimum Wage for 25 year olds and over of £7.83.

This isn’t just pay that fails to meet the basic cost of living. This is poverty pay for many staff in Bakkavor.

That’s why GMB Scotland will launch of full consultative workplace ballot of our membership, which will run from 10AM Tuesday 3 July until 6PM Saturday 7 July.
You will be asked: Do you accept or reject Bakkavor’s 2.25 per cent increase for 2018?

GMB strongly urges you to reject poverty pay in the consultative ballot, by marking a cross (‘x’) in the box marked REJECT.

Only by being a member of GMB can you vote in this ballot, so if you want to join our campaign to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor then you can join today at www.gmb.org.uk/join

Please ensure all your contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date to receive our campaign updates.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps on 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can email me at david.hume@gmb.org.uk

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. GMB is strongly urging you to reject poverty pay in Bakkavor! Vote REJECT in the upcoming consultative ballot.

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor - 2018/19 Pay Talks Update

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests!

Over the last couple of months your GMB Reps have been negotiating with management on your behalf.

Sadly the company is still insisting that 2.25 percent is as high as they can go. They justify this by stating that sales are down by 7% over the last 3 years and that the loss of potatoes and parsnips will account for a reduction in turnover by about 15%.
This is troubling news but let’s be clear, it is not the responsibility of the hard pressed workers in Bakkavor Bo’ness to pay the price for this bad news.

When you look at the following increases in the cost of living:

  • 2% increase in pension contributions
  • 3% increase in council tax
  • 5.5% price increase to gas and electricity
  • petrol prices at their highest in 3 years
  • inflation running at close to 3%

Do the company seriously think that an offer of 2.25% is credible! GMB is campaigning for your employer to think again.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps via email at GMB.CP@hotmail.com or call 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can contact our Falkirk Office on 01324 670676 or email gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor: Important 2018/19 Pay Claim Update!

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

Over the last few weeks we have conducted mass-meetings with members and workers following an initial meeting with Bakkavor management earlier this month concerning your 2018/19 pay deal.

We’d like to thank you for your participation and your feedback couldn’t be clearer: Pay is the priority - Bakkavor needs to make work pay for GMB members!

GMB takes a no-nonsense approach to our representations. That’s why we will now submit a claim for a straight-forward £1 an hour increase across all four grades within the hourly paid bargaining unit for 2018/19.

It is vital that we continue growing our trade union in Bakkavor to be bigger and better. More members means more strength and more money in your pocket. Be assured that we’re not interested bargaining away hard fought terms and conditions for extra pennies. Growth is key!

And with Bakkavor recently confirming eye-watering group revenues of £1.8 billion it’s clear that business is booming and your employer can more than meet our expectations.

Our next meeting with Bakkavor management is scheduled for Thursday 22 March.

Again, you need to be engaged in this process, so we would urge all members to ensure their contact details, particularly mobile phones, are up-to-date with your GMB workplace reps and organisers.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps via email at GMB.CP@hotmail.com or call 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can contact our Falkirk Office on 01324 670676 or email

gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk
David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. GMB is calling for a £1 an hour increase across the hourly paid bargaining unit - Bakkavor needs to make work pay for our members!

 

 

 

 

 

Dear GMB Member

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor – Make Work Pay! 2018/19 Pay Survey & Negotiations

The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests.

For years now, GMB Scotland members have been the backbone of Bakkavor’s success – your work and skills have helped transform the business into the market leader in fresh prepared foods (FPF).

Last year, we campaigned together to deliver the highest pay award ever negotiated by a trade union within Bakkavor. We also defended your terms and conditions and brought forward the pay anniversary date to April. 

By defending your interests and sticking together, we stood-up to management, grew pay and grew our trade union. A good start, but we still have more to do.

Ahead of the publication of its official figures on Wednesday 28 February, Bakkavor expects its group revenues to increase by 4.6 per cent to an eye-watering £1.84 billion. Your employer has acknowledged “continued progress” – business is booming.

But for workers, times are tough. Recently the cost of living in the UK reached a six year high and currently stands at 3 per cent CPI. So, anything less than the rate of inflation is a real-term pay cut for workers.

This sets the backdrop to our meeting with management on Monday 12 February and for our workplace visits thereafter (schedule to be confirmed shortly), where we will hold mass meetings and conduct our pay survey in support of our claim for 2018/19.

Our challenge to Bakkavor is clear: Make work pay for GMB members.

Over the coming days, weeks and months, we will be in regular contact with members via email, SMS and on-site too as our campaign to make work pay gets underway.

It is vital that you are fully engaged in this process, so we would urge all members to ensure their contact details, particularly mobile phones, are up-to-date with your GMB workplace reps and organisers.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact your local reps via email at GMB.CP@hotmail.com or call 07920 388108. Alternatively, you can contact our Falkirk Office on 01324 670676 or email gmbscotcampaigns@gmb.org.uk

David Hume
GMB Scotland Organiser

P.S. There has never been a better a time to be part of our union in Bakkavor. If you aren’t already a member you can join today - https://www.gmb.org.uk/join/join-online - and let’s campaign to make work pay!

 

Additional Resources

Independent Scrutineers Report - Industrial Action Ballot - GMB

download pdf198Kb (pdf) - 18 February 2019

Read the Independent Scrutineers Report here

GMB Scotland In Bakkavor - Sample ERS Ballot Paper

download pdf1384Kb (pdf) - 28 January 2019

View A Sample Ballot Paper Here

GMB Scotland In Bakkavor - Sample ERS Ballot Envelope

download pdf1065Kb (pdf) - 28 January 2019

View A Sample Ballot Envelope Here

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor - Industrial Action Ballot Workplace Flyer

download pdf1920Kb (pdf) - 23 January 2019

Download your workplace flyer number 1

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor - Industrial Action Ballot Workplace Flyer

download pdf3144Kb (pdf) - 23 January 2019

Download your workplace flyer number 2

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor - Industrial Action Ballot Workplace Poster

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Download your workplace poster

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor 2018 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot Reject Poverty Pay!

download pdf651Kb (pdf) - 12 July 2018

GMB Scotland in Bakkavor 2018 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot Flyer

2018 Pay Offer Consultative Ballot

download pdf421Kb (pdf) - 12 July 2018

Workplace Poster